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VIVR (Visually Impaired Virtual Reality) is a weekly audio podcast which discusses VR experiences currently available for the HTC Vive. In addition to a general review of each VR experience, the podcast specifically addresses issues that low vision players may face when playing certain games, as well as different approaches to playing that may make it easier for low vision players to enjoy the game. The creator of this podcast is currently in no way affiliated with HTC or any other game deve ...
 
Hosted by Alexandre Bellemare and Olivier D'Anjou, this podcast offers tips and tricks in the daily use of assistive technologies for the blind and low vision users. Many different topics are covered in this podcast. You'll learn about Braille displays, screen readers (JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, TalkBack), OCR technologies, recent technology innovations, and much more.
 
Welcome to The VIP Pod where we talk to a range of fascinating guests from all walks of life with one thing in common: being visually impaired. Through this series, we hope to raise awareness of the many different conditions that can affect VI people and the amazing ways people adapt and thrive. The VIP Pod Team is made up of Emma Martins, Michael Wordingham, Warren Wilson and Rupert Mountjoy. Do feel free to get in touch with feedback or future guest suggestions by emailing thevippod@gmail. ...
 
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In the final episode of series one, Emma talks to Jesse Dufton who is a blind rock climber. He is the first blind person to lead climb the Old Man of Hoy, which is the focus of Alastair Lee’s multi award winning documentary ‘Climbing Blind'. You can watch a trailer for the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcB39nBSv3Y In their conve…
 
In this penultimate episode of series one, Emma talks to Gareth Davies who is from Cardiff and currently works for the RNIB. Gareth was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) at the age of 20 and in recent years has lost a lot of his vision. They discuss Gareth's love of rugby and how finding a visually impaired rugby team was hugely important fo…
 
In this episode, Emma talks to Tiggi Trethowan who worked for years as a TV producer until recently she was diagnosed with an incurable eye condition which will lead eventually to total blindness. Emma and Tiggi talk about mainly different things that affect Tiggi's life including her guide dog Jackie, working on highly successful TV shows with Bea…
 
In this episode, Emma talks to Bee Price who has Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Bee is 87 years old and discusses growing up during World War 2 as well as working as a teacher during her life. Bee talks about starting to lose her sight around age 55 before being diagnosed with glaucoma and later on with Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS). CBS causes people wh…
 
In this episode, Emma talks to Abdullatif Ghazi who is originally from Kuwait and lost his sight at the age of 8. Abdul discusses his love of sport (in particular goalball) and how it played a huge part in him finding the welcoming VI community when he moved to the UK. Abdul is also an avid musician and appeared on Arab's Got Talent 2017 along with…
 
In this episode, Emma talks to Tom Skelton who is a visually impaired stand-up comedian. Tom discusses his career as a stand-up and how in 2009 he started to lose some of his sight due to a hereditary eye condition. Tom has performed multiple times in Edinburgh at the Fringe festival both before losing his sight and afterwards. Tom talks candidly a…
 
In this episode, Emma talks to Stacy Scott who works for the RNIB. Stacy was born blind with a little useful vision and talks to Emma about growing up in South Africa before moving to Scotland. They also discuss her experiences going to a mainstream school, online dating as a VI person and her love of travelling and adventure sports! This episode w…
 
Warning: this episode contains strong language and conversation around suicide. In this episode, Emma talks to Darren Murinas who works for the Expert Citizens CIC charity and who was born with childhood cataracts. Darren has had an incredible life and been through a lot of ups and downs that they discuss in depth. Darren candidly discusses growing…
 
In this episode, Emma talks to writer, director and producer Adam Morse. Adam is an award-winning filmmaker from London who is also registered blind. Adam first emerged with critically acclaimed short film debut The Window (2014) and recently wrote, directed and produced his first feature film Lucid (2019) starring Billy Zane which Emma and Adam di…
 
In this podcast published on November 12th, 2020, Alexandre and Olivier discuss about important changes that will occur at Canadialog. These changes will impact the recording and delivery of podcasts. Indeed, the podcast will be suspended for an undetermined period. Olivier and Alexandre will explain you the reasons which motivated this change whic…
 
In this podcast published on September 23, 2020, Alexandre explains how to change the ringtone, sounds and vibrations on iOS when you receive calls or notifications. In addition to changing the default alert sounds and vibrations, you will learn how to assign a custom ringtone and how to change the sound heard when receiving an SMS for a specific c…
 
In this podcast published on August 21, 2020, Alexandre provides you with some tips on managing emails with Outlook. See how to sort and organize your emails, change the layout to make it more user-friendly, how to make the CCI field appear, choose which folder Outlook starts in, quickly search in your emails and, finally, you will learn a very sim…
 
In this podcast published on July 24, 2020, Alexandre teaches you, using JAWS, how to navigate through dialogs used to open or save a file. These dialogs are used very often in Windows; however, many users are having a hard time when trying to use them or to navigate across options in there. You will learn how to navigate in these dialog boxes, how…
 
In this podcast publish on June 8, 2020, Alexandre shows you how it is possible to install or update most of your preferred apps at once. This can be achieved with the website ninite.com. Ninite is fully accessible and supports a lot of great apps like NVDA which is a free screen reader. Being able to install multiple applications at once can be us…
 
In this podcast published on May 15th, 2020, you will learn more about the new virtual Braille keyboard that has recently become available to users of the TalkBack screen reader on Android. This new keyboard is comparable to the Braille screen input available since many years on iOS. You will see how to make the first setup of this keyboard, we wil…
 
In this podcast recorded during the holydays 2019 and published on May 1st 2020, Alexandre and Olivier tell you funny stories about their devices. The goal of this podcast was to change a bit of what we’re used to do and to have some fun sharing our experiences with our listeners. You will learn how our devices survived or not to different type of …
 
In this podcast published April 17th, 2020, see how to retrieve free licenses of JAWS, ZoomText or Fusion software provided by Vispero for the Covid-19. These licenses will be valid until June 30th and you can use them if you’re working at home, for school or if you simply want to do some tests. See also how looks like the new Freedom Scientific’s …
 
In this short podcast published on April 3, 2020, Alexandre is with you to explain how you can free up space on your hard drive using an easy-to-use utility: Windows Disk Cleanup. With this utility, see if unnecessary files can be trashed from your hard drive such as old files belonging to the system, files generated during the upgrade of your PC, …
 
In this podcast published on March 23, 2020, learn more about the Chromecast, a small device from Google that allows you to stream the content of your choice to your TV from your phone, tablet or computer. Alexandre will be with you to give you some advice on accessibility, teach you the different steps to configure the device, what you can stream …
 
In this podcast published November 29, 2019, Alexandre will be with you to show you how easy it is to change a mispronounced word on iOS by using the pronunciation dictionary integrated in VoiceOver. You’ll see how to change the pronunciation by using a different spelling for the word that cause problem or by recording the right pronunciation. You’…
 
In this podcast published November 21, 2019, Alexandre talks about the application Clew. This mobile application available on iOS, can guide you when walking indoor. Indications are based on a route that must be first registered in the system. The application uses Apple ARKit (Augmented Reality) technology to explore what’s around you and provide y…
 
Have you thought about what you can do with a smart watch? A smart watch is a great complement to your smart phone, but it can also provides data on your health and do more. In this podcast published November 6th, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier will be with you to introduce you to the Apple Watch. You’ll learn more about what it can do and how accessi…
 
In this podcast published October 29, 2019, Olivier will be with you to give you tips and tricks on how to use Windows Defender antivirus integrated into Windows. Using Windows Narrator on Windows 10, you’ll learn how to navigate in the Windows Defender interface, how to scan your computer against threat, different types of scan available and how t…
 
In this podcast published October 17, 2019, Alexandre explains how it is possible to create shortcuts on your desktop. Shortcuts can help you access applications, documents, websites, files, folders, etc. that you use frequently. The podcast is suitable for Windows 10 and JAWS. Here are some useful info you should keep in mind Command you must type…
 
Since JAWS 2019, it is now possible to get description of images on demand based on artificial intelligence. In this podcast published October 11, 2019, Alexandre explains you how it is possible to use this feature to know what the content of an image is and give you more info about known limitation of this feature. In addition, as a reminder, the …
 
In this podcast published September 18, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier discuss about the Apple’s Keynote held on September 10th. Highlights are the two new services, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+, a new iPad, a new series of Apple Watch and three new iPhones, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. And what about the accessibility? Our two presen…
 
In this podcast published September 11, 2019, we begin a new series related to the accessibility of devices allowing to watch TV available on the market. As the first episode of this series, discover the Fire TV Stick, a device available from Amazon that allows you to transform your TV into a smart one and listen to multimedia content online. The F…
 
Have you purchased a new iOS device such as an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and you don’t know how to configure it? Have you replaced your existing device for a newest one or just exchange it under warranty and want to transfer your data from your old device to the new one? In this podcast published July 30th, 2019, Alexandre explains step by step ho…
 
In this podcast published on July 19th, 2019, Olivier and Alexandre discuss about the Bose frames, a pair of sunglasses that can be used as Bluetooth headphones. They give you a physical description of the device and show it to you in action. You'll learn about functionalities available and you'll be able to hear how the microphone sounds like. The…
 
In this podcast published on June 28, 2019, Alexandre and Olivier presents the BuzzClip, an obstacle detector based on ultrasound technology. It is a mobility aid that can detect obstacles at a higher than what can be detected by the white cane. This tool indicates the presence of obstacles to the user through a vibration system. The BuzzClip can b…
 
In this podcast published April 27, 2019, Alexandre explains how it is possible to back up data from your Apple mobile device. It is essential to maintain an up-to-date backup of your devices in case of a crash or simply if you want to transfer your data to a new device. There are three types of backups available: iCloud backup, regular iTunes back…
 
Since the January update of JAWS 2019, it is now possible to add or remove Vocalizer voices directly from the JAWS interface without the need of consulting the Freedom Scientific website anymore. In this podcast, Alexandre explains the benefits of this new utility, how to navigate inside this new dialog box and how to easily manage the high-quality…
 
Have you purchased a Google smart speaker such as a Google Home Mini, Google Home, or Google Home Max and have trouble setting it up? Would you like to learn more about the parameters that can be modified in order to make your experience better? In this podcast part of our Smart Speakers series, Alexandre gives you step-by-step instructions on how …
 
After receiving the visit of Google Assistant and Siri, it's now Alexa's turn to visit the Canadialog studios! In this podcast of more than two hours duration, Olivier and Alexandre introduce you to Alexa, the voice assistant designed by Amazon. They show you the interface of the Amazon Alexa mobile app, as well as what it is possible to do with Al…
 
In this podcast, Olivier gives you his first impressions of the iPhone XR after a few days of use. It also gives a brief reminder of the new gestures introduced with the iPhone X and iPhones that were launched in 2018 to replace the home button as well as shortcut keys to know requiring the use of the side button. Finally, Olivier shares his experi…
 
Are you curious to learn more about the HomePod, Apple’s connected speaker? During the holiday period, Alexandre and Olivier tested this product for about a week. In this first podcast of the year, they give you a physical description of this device, show you the initial setup process, as well as some things that you can perform using Siri. At the …
 
A distinguished longtime board member and pioneer of rehabilitation services at the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, there are few denizens of our community more respected and knowledgeable than Gil Johnson. Growing up as a confident, free-thinking young blind man and coming to the LightHouse during a pivotal moment …
 
In this podcast, Alexandre introduces you to the keyboard manager of JAWS. This utility allows you to create new and modify existing keyboard shortcuts, Braille shortcuts as well as gestures for touch screens. Alexandre also shows you how to change the quick navigation keys for web browsing. Finally, see how to create a keyboard shortcut to automat…
 
Yes! Already the fiftieth episode of the Canadialog podcast! For the first part of this one, Olivier and Alexandre explain you how the project to put online podcasts started, they make a retrospective of the last year and a half, explain you how podcasts are produced and tell you about the challenges of the last year. In the second part, see how 3D…
 
In this podcast, Alexandre gives an overview of the Brailliant BI 14, a portable braille display recently available on the market. You'll learn more about its physical layout, how it works, and how to use the built-in note-taker feature. To learn more about this product, visit the Brailliant BI 14 page. In addition, as a reminder, the Canadialog te…
 
Few months ago, Microsoft released the version 8 of Skype and regularly prompt users to update to this new version. When Skype 8 came out, it was not well optimised for screen reader users. However, things have changed with JAWS 2018. With the release of JAWS 2019, Freedom Scientific made the experience with Skype 8 even better. In this podcast, Al…
 
In this podcast, Alexandre talk about an issue encountered with recent sound cards or Bluetooth audio devices making the speech synthesizers less reactive then expected or in some situations the volume can fluctuate. This is a problem caused by premature closing of the audio channel. The way to fix this issue is to install a software that will cont…
 
In this podcast, Alexandre explains how it is possible to manage your licenses for Freedom Scientific software such as JAWS, OpenBook, Magic, Fusion and ZoomText. See how to check how many activations are remaining for your license, how to activate your software online or offline, and how to remove an activation. In addition, at the beginning of th…
 
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